Eyebrows constitute a very important and prominent feature of the face. With growing information, eyebrow transplant has become a popular procedure. However, though it is a small area it requires a lot of precision and knowledge regarding anatomy, designing of brows, extraction and implantation technique.
What is Eyebrow Transplant?
An eyebrow hair transplant is highly similar to a hair restoration transplant. It is an autologous surgical procedure, involving the transfer of hair from certain areas of the scalp to the eyebrows, hence reconstructing the eyebrows.
Anatomy of eyebrow showing 3 sections, head (red), body (blue), and tail (green) from medial to lateral end.
- Head: It is most inner portion, pointing upwards for 0.5–0.7 cm. It contains small calibre, lighter colour hair. Some individuals do not like to highlight this section and want to keep it minimum.
- Body: This is the central 2.5 cm part which is most dense and wide. In the medial part, hairs point upwards and laterally. At medial limbus, central convergence begins leading to herringbone pattern, that is, lower portion points upwards and upper portion points downwards creating a ridge of high density.
- Tail: It is the outer 2 cm where central convergence continues till tail end. This is a less dense area filled with smaller calibre hair. This area becomes less pronounced with age
Who is suitable for eyebrow transplant?
The most common indications of eyebrow transplant are cosmetic such as congenital absence or inadequate coverage, of a normal appearing eyebrow requiring darker colour or an uneven eyebrow with lack of lateral third or medial portion. The other common indications are trichotillomania, scar due to trauma, burn or tumours, stable alopecia areata, madarosis due to hypothyroidism, leprosy, etc.
Tests before eyebrow implantation:
No special pre-operative blood work is required except ruling out blood-borne viral infections such as HIV, hepatitis B and C. Anaesthesia sensitivity test should be done to prevent any anaphylaxis.
How It Works?
Eyebrow transplant requires a minimum of 500 grafts and can be topped up to maximum 1,000 grafts for both sides.
FUT (Follicular Unit Transplant)
A stripe of scalp skin is removed from the donor site (posterior scalp), which is also known as the permanent zone.
It Is Suitable For
- Those looking for a high-quality eyebrow hair transplant treatment.
- Those with thinning eyebrows.
- Those who wish to reconstruct their eyebrows.
- Those who want thicker eyebrows.
- Those who want a younger and fresher eye appearance.